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" If government were a matter of will upon any side, yours, without question, ought to be superior. But government and legislation are matters of reason and judgment, and not of inclination ; and what sort of reason is that in which the determination precedes... "
The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke - Page 14
by Edmund Burke - 1807
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Selections

Edmund Burke - 1925 - 469 pages
...innocent. If government were a matter of will upon any side, yours, without question, ought to be superior. But government and legislation are matters of reason...form the conclusion are perhaps three hundred miles distance from those who hear the arguments? To deliver an opinion is the right of all men; that of...
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Educational Review

Nicholas Murray Butler, Frank Pierrepont Graves, William McAndrew - 1915
...present." (Goodnow-Howe report, pp. 27, 28.) But "what sort of reason is that," asks Edmund Burke, "'in which one set of men deliberate and another decide," and where those who form the conclusions are miles away from those who hear the arguments? We must look at the facts and the historical...
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The Newspaper Preservation Act: Hearings Before the Subcommittee on ...

United States. Congress. Senate. Judiciary - 1969 - 703 pages
...a matter of will upon side, yours, without question, ought to be superior. But government and tion are matters of reason and judgment, and not of inclination ; and what of reason is that, in which the determination precedes the discussion ; In wt one set of men deliberate,...
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The Concept of Representation

Hanna F. Pitkin - 1967 - 323 pages
...and compromise on which decisions should be based. And, as Burke asked, what sort of a system is it "in which the determination precedes the discussion; in which one set of men deliberate, and another decides; and where those who form the conclusion are perhaps three hundred miles distant from those...
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In deference of fundamental rights

William E. Conklin - 1979 - 307 pages
...words, a matter "of reason and judgment, and not of inclination."61 Burke has posed this question: "and what sort of reason is that in which the determination...miles distant from those who hear the arguments?" Accordingly, legislators were not delegates of the constituents. Rather, legislators were an elected...
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Constitutional Convention Procedures: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the ...

United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on the Constitution - 1980 - 1372 pages
...the remark Edmund Burke in 1774 in his famous address to the Electors of Bristol (his constituents) : "Government and legislation are matters of reason and judgment and not of inclination." Mr. Packard's interesting article on the amending process in the February JOURNAL is summarized on...
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Natural Reasons: Personality and Polity

S. L. Hurley - 1992 - 462 pages
...thing is innocent. If government were a matter of will, yours, without question, ought to be superior. But government and legislation are matters of reason and judgment, and not of inclination.... Parliament is not a congress of ambassadors from different hostile interests; which interests each...
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Restoration

George F. Will - 2010 - 272 pages
...question, ought to be superior." But. With Burke, such a bow to popular sentiment often presaged a "but." "But government and legislation are matters of reason...miles distant from those who hear the arguments?" They were, he said, sending him to a capital, but not a foreign capital. He was going to Parliament,...
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Trust: Representatives and Constituents

William T. Bianco - 1994 - 216 pages
...question, ought to be superior. But government and legislation are matters of reason and judgement, and not of inclination; and what sort of reason is...decide, and where those who form the conclusion are three hundred miles distant from those who hear the arguments? (Hoffman and Levack 1949, 115) The delegate-trustee...
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Elections at Home and Abroad: Essays in Honor of Warren E. Miller

William E. Miller - 1994 - 336 pages
...representatives who were free to act according to their "own mature judgment," Therefore, he rejected a system "in which the determination precedes the discussion; in which one set of men deliberate, and another decides; and where those who form the conclusion are perhaps three hundred miles distant from those...
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